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Britain to have Boiling Water Reactors

Hitachi will take forward the Horizon Nuclear Power project. Between four and six boiling water reactors are now slated for construction in Britain. Generation I and II units from the UK’s former national nuclear program were based on graphite-moderated cores cooled by carbon dioxide. A project in the 1990s to compliment these with a tranche … Continue reading

The Promise and Problems of Pricing Carbon: Theory and Experience

The Promise and Problems of Pricing Carbon: Theory and Experience Because of the global commons nature of climate change, international cooperation among nations will likely be necessary for meaningful action at the global level. At the same time, it will inevitably be up to the actions of sovereign nations to put in place policies that bring about meaningful … Continue reading

Marine Energy Projects Pick Up Momentum

LONDON — Hopes of harnessing the churn and flow of the seas to generate power are pushing forward work in the small but growing tidal and wave energy industry. Despite a tough investment climate, proponents expect the technologies to begin contributing significant amounts of clean energy to power grids around the world within a decade. … Continue reading

Life-Cycle Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Shale Gas, Natural Gas, Coal, and Petroleum

The technologies and practices that have enabled the recent boom in shale gas production have also brought attention to the environmental impacts of its use. It has been debated whether the fugitive methane emissions during natural gas production and transmission outweigh the lower carbon dioxide emissions during combustion when compared to coal and petroleum. Using … Continue reading

Middle East becomes a solar energy hotbed

Although the region was slow out of the blocks in the race to develop alternative power technologies, several high-profile projects show it is catching up fast, Tony Glover writes The rate of adoption of solar energy is accelerating in markets such as Europe and the US, while the Middle East has generally been slow in … Continue reading

Energy Forecast: 2013-2014

The energy outlook for the next two years is surprisingly diverse. Oil and its liquid derivatives will remain fairly high priced, but natural gas will continue to cheapen, increasing the spread between the two fuels to unprecedented levels. Global oil supply has increased modestly. Gains have been driven by new technology (fracking and horizontal drilling) … Continue reading

Recycling Wasted Heat and Power Could Clear the Air

ArcelorMittal Steel USA is finding an uncommon way to beat the competition: It is cutting energy consumption at one of its steel plants in Chicago by re-using heat to make electricity. It says that it is saving $100 million a year by creating an extra 75 megawatts of emissions-free electricity.

U.S. Budget seeks more funds for CCS

Projects / Policy, Feb  19  2012 (Carbon Capture Journal) – $275.9 million for CCS research has been requested in President Obama’s FY 2013 budget announcement. While the U.S. demonstration programme continues to be funded through the Recovery Act, more funds are needed for research and development. The program announced supports research to significantly reduce coal … Continue reading